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Top 15 Tampa Bay area events for the week of Sept. 20-26

Adults can enjoy concerts by Eric Clapton and Maroon 5, while kids find fun at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s birthday party
Eric Clapton will take the stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday.
Eric Clapton will take the stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday. [ GARETH CATTERMOLE | Getty Images Europe ]
Published Sep. 20

Hall and Oates: The blue-eyed soul duo, who are in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and whose hits include Maneater and I Can’t Go for That, perform. $22 and up. 7 p.m. Monday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Eric Clapton: The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee known for his solo work and his work as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream performs. $55.25-$391.25. 8 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-301-6500.

Maroon 5' s Adam Levine performs during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show in 2019. The group performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday.
Maroon 5' s Adam Levine performs during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show in 2019. The group performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday. [ CURTIS COMPTON | Atlanta Journal-Constitution ]

Maroon 5: Maroon 5, whose hits include Moves Like Jagger and Payphone, performs. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours is required for admission. $39 and up. 7 p.m. Friday. MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4801 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. 813-740-2446.

Clearwater Offshore Nationals: The event kickoff party features live music, DJ dancing and drink specials. Cover charge. 8 p.m. Friday. Shephard’s Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach. The action continues with RWO testing in the Gulf of Mexico. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Sunsets at Pier 60 gets into the Offshore Nationals spirit with vendors and live entertainment. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. Heats in the powerboat races on Sunday begin at 11 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.. Pier 60, Clearwater Beach. There will also be a Clearwater Chamber of Commerce-sponsored post-race Sunday Funday with live music, an NFL watch party and free access to the beach and hotel bars. No cover. 4 p.m. Sunday. Shephard’s Beach Resort, Clearwater Beach. 727-593-5536.

The Clearwater Offshore nationals, pictured in 2009, is back this weekend.
The Clearwater Offshore nationals, pictured in 2009, is back this weekend.

Hillsborough County Fair: This year brings an expanded carnival with midway rides and new kiddie rides, as well as free entertainment and special events for motor enthusiasts, such as a demolition derby (Oct. 3) and a truck and tractor pull (Oct. 1-2). This weekend features a rodeo (7 p.m. Friday-Saturday). Find a schedule and tickets at hillsboroughcountyfair.com. $10, $7 grades K-12, $5 seniors, 4 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road, Dover. 813-737-3247.

Oktoberfest 2021: This festival features imported German and domestic beers, traditional German food, a keg-tapping ceremony, a parade of flags, a stein-holding contest, vendors and traditional German music by the Manni Daum Trio. $10, 12 and younger free. 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. German American Society of Pinellas County, 8098 66th St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-541-6782.

Join the German American Society of Pinellas County for Oktoberfest 2021 this Friday and Saturday.
Join the German American Society of Pinellas County for Oktoberfest 2021 this Friday and Saturday.

Howl-O-Scream: The annual Halloween event returns for 28 nights, with scare zones and haunted houses. $29.99-$44.99 (single night). 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Busch Gardens, 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

Birthday Bash: The Glazer Children’s Museum invites families to celebrate another year of play and discovery at this birthday party with special guests and activities. A sensory-friendly session will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-443-3861.

Pumpkin Festival and Haunted Farm: You’ll find everything from traditional pumpkins to specialty and baking pumpkins at this festival with hayrides, a mini crop maze, petting zoo, live entertainment, a haunted maze and more. $12.50, 2 and younger free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Raprager Family Farm, 16907 Boy Scout Road, Odessa. 813-922-2799.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes can be found at the Pumpkin Festival in Odessa this Saturday and Sunday.
Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes can be found at the Pumpkin Festival in Odessa this Saturday and Sunday.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays take on the Blue Jays (Tuesday-Wednesday) and the Marlins (Friday-Sunday). All sections of the stadium are open except the 300 level. Ticket prices vary. 7:10 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. 888-326-7297.

The BurlyBandits: Popular local drag star Matt McGee serves as hostess Millie Crystal for a comical burlesque show with music by the BurlyBandits. There will be two sets, with an intermission, and the hall will be at 50 percent capacity. $20-$25. 7 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-3590.

Double Header Theater: Open and Every Brilliant Thing: Open is a queer love story told by an amateur magician. $15-$30. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 9-10 p.m. Friday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Every Brilliant Thing is the story of dealing with suicide through the eyes of a 6-year-old. $15-$30. 9-10 p.m. Thursday and Saturday 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, 3-4 p.m. Sunday. HCC Ybor Studio Theatre, 1411 E 11th Ave., Ybor City. 813-556-8737, ext. 212.

Nurse Blake: The PTO Comedy Tour: The entertainer uses his experiences as a nurse to deliver comedy that celebrates the work of health care providers. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the performance is required for entry. $35.50-$59.50. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Capturing the Ephemeral: Dance photographers capture bodies in motion and the fleeting moments. The dance photography exhibition is curated by acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher and Creative Pinellas artist laureate Helen French. Featured photographers include John Pendygraft, Sorcha Augustine, Boyzell Hosey, Ricardo Romero, Erin Tindol, Denzel Johnson-Green, Tom Kramer, Martha Asencio-Rhine and Angel Marie Tisdale. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Gallery at Creative Pinellas, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. 727-582-3600.

See a live K-9 demonstration at Dogs With Jobs at the East Lake Community Library on Saturday.
See a live K-9 demonstration at Dogs With Jobs at the East Lake Community Library on Saturday.

Dogs With Jobs: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit and its handlers share how puppies are picked to be police dogs, where they come from, how they are trained, how they “take a bite out of crime” and more. There will also be a K-9 demonstration. Free. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. 727-773-2665.